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vertical farming

Production: Feeding the Future," a report on the state of the indoor agriculture industry.
The report estimated there were 15
commercial-scale vertical farms and
rooftop greenhouses in North America
at the time of publication. The groups
said they expected that number to increase by 30 farms before last year's
end. "Strong growth in 'local food'
demand, the market for which has expanded from an estimated $1 billion to
$7 billion in 2014, has meant a unique
market entry point for indoor farms'
higher price-point products, whether this means leafy greens harvested
that morning for lunch service or microgreens grown to order for a local
supermarket," the report says.
As vertical farming became mainstream, Henry Gordon-Smith and
Maximilian Loessl partnered three
years ago to start the Association
for Vertical Farming. "Since then, we
have exponentially grown," Blume
says. "We are at 80 business members including some very large players: Microsoft, Philips, Aerofarms
and Metro Group in Germany."

Tasting the Difference

>> Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding (left) with Metropolis Farms President Jack Griffin (right).

strawberries and vine crops are on
the cutting-edge with lots of experimentation going on to figure out how
to make them profitable."

Developing an Industry
Although it dates back to the Dark

10

Ages, indoor growing really began
gaining momentum in 2005 and farms
are continuing to pop up throughout
the United States. Investment adviser
Newbean Capital and indoor agriculture thought-leader Local Roots in
March 2015 published "Indoor Crop

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The benefits of vertical farming include better-tasting, fresher produce
that is locally sourced. "If you are in
New York, you probably aren't going
to grow lettuce outdoors in the winter anywhere nearby where you live,
so the food comes off a truck from
California," Blume explains. "It has
already spent 10 days in a refrigerated truck shipping container, which
means that's 10 days of nutrient dis-


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